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Is Romance dead? And I don’t mean in a literal sense because I do know that there are some folk that still go hard for the romance genre and the genre is STILL very profitable but…how do you dear reader feel about romance reads at this very moment?

Me? Eh, I’m not feeling it as much as say when I first started blogging. Just about every book I read was a romance, but to date…I’m pretty much am not all that interested in the genre as much as I use to be. Do I still read some romance books? Sure I do, but I find myself of late getting bored. I know for me, there is a lot of repetitiveness as far as books in this genre go. I mean how many rich billionaires finding love with the poor girl of his dreams can we read about? How many willfully TSTL (too stupid to live) chicks we we have to suffer through? Hell, even vampires have gotten to be a bit old and I’m a huge fan of vamps.

Not to say there aren’t some gems out there because there most definitely are, I’m just wondering is all. So again, how do you feel dear fellow reader?  

I'm sure my I'll get that ol' feeling about the romance back again one of these days but for now? *shrugs*. 

And don’t you guys who write romance get your panties in a knot, okay? I’m just posing a question to my fellow readers. This post isn’t to disrespect your genre or your craft. I do have a question for authors though. Do you ever feel like "fudge this"? and What keeps you in "the game" amid some of the bs that tend to goe on at times?

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Grown ass woman, Mother, reader, drinker of the red wines, not so serious makeup enthusiast and finally...a habitual procrastinator. I read just about everything but I really do love my romances. HEA’s are optional because hell sometimes, Prince Charming really is just a frog. Don’t asked if I finished *that book* yet...because I didn’t.

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  1. I think that's the beauty of having so many subgenres within romance. I like to skip around. And yes every once in a while I feel as if I need something completely different so I indulge in another genre but I always return to my true love.

    1. true the different can definitely skip around. A fellow blogger made a good point today in reference to the subject, we are more than just romance hence indulging in something different but again, going back to your "true love" will always be.

  2. Interesting that you mention the repetitiveness of certain tropes and being bored with them.
    Yet when a writer like me pushes the envelope and writes non-conforming stories, readers complain because they can't put the story in pre-conceived/subgenre/trope boxes. Which is probably why the billionaires and the vamps will keep selling until another fad trope comes along.

    1. Again this is not a attack on the genre or craft. BUT you must admit, there is repetitiveness. Once something becomes popular, its a "thing".

      But of course, folk will come back and books will continue to Romance and ppl will never give up on that.

  3. I don't think I could ever be bored with romance, but then I read lots of different sub genres in romance which helps. I have noticed if I read too many billionaire romances though I get bored very quickly. Probably why contemporary is not my favorite genre to read. But I also try to mix it up with older romances and latest releases. Adds some more variety to the mix. But I can see why this could be a problem. I do feel like many authors focus on the same theme for a romance, and aren't as creative or unique as they used to be.

    1. reading different sub genres helps immensely, I can agree with that and a little variety never killed anyone, lols.

      I just need a different space right now so I've been dabbing into scifi and mystery again. Romance will never die, we all can agree on that ;)

  4. I definitely adore romances and still get swoony or heated with a good one, but that said, there is definitely a lot of 'meh' or 'uh-uh' ones. I've branched out into straight historical fiction, non-fic, mysteries, cozies, sci-fi, etc to vary things up and that has really helped me keep my reading mojo going and my love of romance strong. My mom always said 'quality not quantity' and I think that is apropos for romances too.

    Great discussion topic, Sharonda!

    1. Yes Sophia, quality over quantity is a perfect saying :)

      I feel like ppl will always come back to romance especially if it is near and dear them but heck there is nothing wrong with taking a break from it as well.

      thanks Sophia :)


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